I was talking to someone about a month ago, and they were sharing with me about how they are prone to “overcommit” themselves. Our conversation was in reference to God. I’m so glad Jesus was available Good Friday if you know what I mean. Glad He had not “overcommitted” Himself to some civic function, a family reunion or a much needed day of rest & relaxation.
I finally decided that “overcommitted” is really being uncommitted. It’s like that old saying, “If you won’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” I think the rabbi put it like this, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to one and despise the other, You cannot serve both …” Jesus is talking about money in this passage, but the precept applies to our social calendar, busy lifestyle, etc. In other words, we can love God, be committed first to Him or we can love parties, road trips and worship our friends.
I belong to Rotary. I’m not a very good Rotarian. Like a lot of people who are not very good Christians, I’m trying. Every week at Rotary someone makes a presentation, every week people share their passion. All of these people are very engaging, they make their topic interesting, they make you want to share their passion. They are serious about what they speak of. My point is — where are the passionate, committed Christians? Are there Christ-followers that could come and present, “make” us want what they have in Christ Jesus? We love those kind of people right? Following Jesus is a risky business according to Scripture (Matthew 10:34-39, go ahead, look it up) so wouldn’t we all love to hear the stories of these risk takers?
My favorite barista dated the same girl all through high school and the first two years of college. I’m still heartbroken she is not a part of the family. When they dated, Jack always went with her to the Christmas Eve service at the Methodist Church. They take communion out of one cup. I always thought the Methodists (BTW, I love the Methodist church) were risk takers, risking a cold or flu as they all shared that one cup. What I’m saying is what does it cost you to follow Jesus?
I don’t know what you need to do in order to BE committed, obedient or risky for Jesus but I know we are told, “One who is faithful in very little is also faithful in much, …(Luke 16:10)” Start where you are, pray this, “Here I am. (Isaiah 6:8).” He told me to tell you that.